Primary-Level (1st-3rd) Classroom Teacher
2 weeks ago
Primary
Full Time
Southwest / Boise
Job Description

Our elementary teachers work as a multidisciplinary team and provide support in focused instruction in a specific content area such as ELA, Math, or STEM education to grade-level bands, such as 1st-3rd grades. Primary teachers foster student growth through personalization, project-based exploration, hands-on application, problem and critical thinking. The Pi STEM primary classroom cultivates a compassionate learning environment where students are engaged in authentic learning experiences.

Please Identify on your application your preferred instructional area: ELA, Mathematics, or STEM education.

To Apply: email your resume and cover letter to jhettinger@pistem.org

PiSTEM Learning Environment:

Teaching at PiSTEM is unlike teaching in a traditional environment. Our teachers know the individual strengths and growth areas for each student. We empower students to own their learning. Our teachers stay with a group of students for up to three-years. By design, our schools are small communities where every student is known. Our schools are intentionally heterogeneous and reflect the diverse demographics of the community Pi STEM is a part of. As a teacher, you will be expected to be culturally responsive and to create equitable learning pathways for all students.

Pi STEM teachers plan by deeply understanding student data and determining what group and individual supports are needed for their students to move forward on complex projects. This planning requires teachers to consider not only how students are integrating content information into their projects but also how they are applying cognitive skills (e.g. hypothesizing) that stretch across all content areas and the habits of success (e.g. perseverance) that allow them to prepare for the world beyond the classroom.

Pi STEM teachers do not see themselves as disseminators of knowledge but instead as facilitators and coaches to their students. We are committed to continual growth at Pi STEM. We Prioritize developing leaders from within and are dedicated to providing professional development opportunities built into the academic year. We equip teachers with the tools necessary to improve their practice and tackle challenging issues.

What You’ll Do

• A students' school day starts at 8:15am and ends at 3:15pm. Teachers arrive at 7:45 am. • Project Time: Work with the Elementary team to develop Project-based Learning units that are connected to each of the content areas. Instruct three grade-levels in a specific core content area daily and provide mentorship support for all content areas for your mixed grade-level mentor group of about 25 students. • Interventions and Personalized Learning Time: Facilitate daily interventions and integrated personalized learning time. During this time teachers provide student support, monitor progress, and check-in with individuals or groups of students. • Prep-Time: You will have prep-time which includes meeting with other teachers, analyzing student data, building lesson plans, supporting school culture, and other personal development activities. • Mentor Time: Meet daily with a mentor group of around 20 students, from a blended group of three elementary grade-levels, for a quick check-in. One day a week, teachers meet one-on-one with mentees to work with them on habits of success and academic success. Mentors coach and advocate for their mentees both inside and outside of the classroom, get to know them and strive to support them as they develop their sense of purpose and become self-directed learners. • Professional Development: Once per week we meet after school to work on professional development and faculty collaboration. • Teachers are also expected to participate in our July training, back to school nights, open houses, or other community events after school hours.

Job Requirements What You Need

• Commitment to uphold Pi STEM’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life. • Teaching Credential in Idaho or the ability to get Idaho Teaching Credentials • Bachelor’s Degree • Clear health and background check

Preference is also given to teachers with experience in cross-curricular project-based learning development and implementation, such as PBL consistent with the teachings of the Buck Institute.

If Interested in being a Primary-level ELA teacher: • Preference to teachers with strengths Orton-Gillingham-base reading programs, Really Great Reading program, Reading Horizons program, Logic of English, OR other science of reading programs. Preference also given to teachers with experience with Lucy Calkin's Units of Study writing program.

Who You Are: • You maintain high expectations for all students and believe all students can find success in school, college, and life. • You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and feel motivated by the challenge and impact of teaching in a heterogeneous community and working to close the achievement gap. • You are enthusiastic about STEM experiences. • You embrace STEM education as a culture that crosses multiple disciplines. • You facilitate learning experiences, using a variety of methods: project-based learning, direct instruction, small group and individual tasks, formative and summative assessment, direct teacher feedback, public presentation, and more. • You’re passionate about serving as a mentor and advocate for a group of students that you’ll follow year to year. • You are empathetic and culturally competent. You design and implement social and emotional learning experiences in all courses, and you’re open to having hard conversations. • You thrive in innovative environments and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace. • You are a leader and actively participate as a member of weekly faculty meetings. • You’re committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a positive, and have a growth mindset. • You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with colleagues to maintain the academic integrity of planned lessons and learning experiences for students. You find positivity in share successes. • You use data to track and provide updates on student achievement to faculty, directors, and families An offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of a background check. Pi STEM is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Pi STEM to afford equal employment and advancement opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, or any other classification that is protected under applicable local, state or federal law.

To Apply: email your resume and cover letter to jhettinger@pistem.org

Contact Information Jill Hettinger 2275 W. Hubbard Rd. Kuna, Idaho 83634 Phone: (208)949-1118


Education Required
  • Bachelor's Degree or Higher

Experience Required
  • 3+ Years Experience

Skills Required
  • Adaptibility
  • Ability to think Outside the Box
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Benefits
  • Idaho PERSI Retirement
  • Health & Dental Insurance

Equal Opportunity Employer

Project Impact STEM Academy is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.